The Nintendo Download – 1/1/2015

Pinball with Pokémon and Commandos who are Bionic.

The first Nintendo Download of the new year is a very, very small week for new releases. Fortunately, they’re good releases. Plus, this gives us more time to focus on everything else we have to play.


Bionic Commando: Elite Forces for Nintendo 3DS – Ever wonder what it would be like if Nintendo made a Bionic Commando game? Well wonder no more, because the Game Boy Color title Bionic Commando: Elite Forces is now on the eShop! Choose from a male or female Bionic Commando and lay siege to over 20 levels of forests, deserts, mountains, and futuristic cities.

Hmm, I wonder if this would be enough to get Bionic Commando some representation in Super Smash Bros. someday. Then again, I’m still wondering if we’ll ever see the NES Bionic Commando in the eShop…


Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire for Wii U – Hit the table and catch more than 200 Pokémon from the Ruby and Sapphire versions of the game– pretty good timing, considering Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games just came out. Other characters from those games join in the fun as well; can you catch ’em all?

Nintendo eShop Sales


Shovel Knight for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – This game is 33 percent off until 8:59am PT on January 8th.


Unepic for Wii U – This game is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59am PT on Janurary 29th.

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Dress to Play: Cute Witches! and Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! for Nintendo 3DS – Each game is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59am PT on February 1st.

Nintendo eShop Must-Haves

From 9am on January 1st to 8:59am PT on January 29th, Nintendo will be featuring “Nintendo eShop Must-Haves,” which are “the perfect way to build a collection of great games that you can enjoy for years to come.” Whether this just highlights certain titles or if there is an actual sale or something involved is not specified.

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.


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